The other day (and when I say this I mean anywhere between yesterday and the day I was born), someone accused me of “faking” or “exaggerating” my pain. “You are doing this to get attention.”
Many believe that people suffering from a chronic illness are just faking it for attention.
On one hand, I feel so lucky that I am able to work a full-time job and do many of the things I want to do even while living with multiple chronic illnesses. On the other hand, I am constantly frustrated by the construct of trying to live in a “healthy person’s” world, knowing that I truly am not functioning on the same level as everyone around me.